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Release: May 19, 2000

Former UI pediatrician Ehmke is dead at 79

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dorothy Ehmke, M.D., 79, of St. James City, Fla., a former faculty member in the University of Iowa department of pediatrics, died May 12 after a long illness. She will be buried in a family plot in Humboldt at a time yet to be determined.

A Humboldt, Iowa native, Ehmke earned her bachelor's of science degree (1941) and Ph.D. (1946) at Iowa State University in Ames. She received her medical degree at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1955. She completed a fellowship in experimental medicine at the University of Alabama in 1956, followed by an internship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis from
1956-57, and a residency in pediatrics at the UI from 1957-60. She completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the UI in 1962 and served as a research associate in the pediatrics department prior to being named an assistant professor in 1964. Ehmke was promoted to associate professor in 1982, and she retired from the UI faculty in 1984.

Ehmke's service to the UI included teaching, research and clinical care activities in pediatric cardiology. She was an integral part of the UI's pediatric cardiology outreach clinics (today part of the UI Child Health Specialty Clinics), where she worked with dozens of Iowa children and their families around the state.

"Dorothy Ehmke was a dedicated pediatric cardiologist who traveled to most Iowa counties providing consultation to the physicians of Iowa," said Ronald M. Laurer, M.D., UI professor of pediatrics and a former colleague of Ehmke's. "Her detailed care of children and the sympathetic counseling of their parents will be remembered by many physicians and families."

Ehmke's research interests included rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, and congenital heart disease. Her professional affiliations included the Iowa affiliate of the American Heart Association, where she served as a board member, executive committee member and president of the Iowa affiliate of the AHA from 1982-84.

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